9 customisable OKR examples for Code Quality

What are Code Quality OKRs?

The Objective and Key Results (OKR) framework is a simple goal-setting methodology that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s. It became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s, and it's now used by teams of all sizes to set and track ambitious goals at scale.

Writing good OKRs can be hard, especially if it's your first time doing it. You'll need to center the focus of your plans around outcomes instead of projects.

We have curated a selection of OKR examples specifically for Code Quality to assist you. Feel free to explore the templates below for inspiration in setting your own goals.

If you want to learn more about the framework, you can read our OKR guide online.

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Our customisable Code Quality OKRs examples

You will find in the next section many different Code Quality Objectives and Key Results. We've included strategic initiatives in our templates to give you a better idea of the different between the key results (how we measure progress), and the initiatives (what we do to achieve the results).

Hope you'll find this helpful!

1OKRs to improve code quality through effective code reviews

  • ObjectiveImprove code quality through effective code reviews
  • Key ResultReduce average time taken to complete code reviews
  • TaskSet clear expectations and guidelines for code reviews
  • TaskUse automated tools for code analysis and review to enhance efficiency
  • TaskImplement a peer review process to streamline code reviews
  • TaskProvide regular code review training sessions for team members
  • Key ResultImplement and track improvements in code review feedback incorporation rate
  • TaskConduct a survey to collect feedback from developers on barriers to incorporating code review feedback
  • TaskAnalyze the survey results to identify the common barriers to incorporating code review feedback
  • TaskImplement a tracking system to monitor and measure the improvements in code review feedback incorporation rate
  • TaskDevelop a training program to address the identified barriers and improve feedback incorporation rate
  • Key ResultIncrease team members' satisfaction with code review process
  • Key ResultIncrease average number of bugs caught through code review per week

2OKRs to elevate overall test coverage across all features

  • ObjectiveElevate overall test coverage across all features
  • Key ResultImplement a process for monitoring and increasing test coverage on an ongoing basis
  • TaskImplement a continuous test coverage monitoring system
  • TaskDevelop strategies to continuously improve test coverage
  • TaskIdentify existing areas lacking sufficient test coverage
  • Key ResultIdentify and address 30% of areas with low test coverage across existing features
  • TaskPrioritize these features based on importance
  • TaskIdentify features with less than 70% test coverage
  • TaskDevelop and implement tests to increase coverage
  • Key ResultAchieve 70% code coverage for all new features developed in the next quarter
  • TaskConduct reviews and refactoring sessions to improve coverage
  • TaskImplement mandatory unit tests for all newly developed features
  • TaskMonitor code coverage regularly using suitable tools

3OKRs to substantially reduce technical debt across all projects

  • ObjectiveSubstantially reduce technical debt across all projects
  • Key ResultAchieve 95% test code coverage to identify and correct hidden bugs
  • TaskUse a code coverage tool to measure efficiency
  • TaskRefactor poorly covered code sections
  • TaskWrite comprehensive unit tests for each function or component
  • Key ResultDecrease codebase complexity by 25% using refactoring techniques
  • TaskImplement effective refactoring techniques to simplify code
  • TaskRegularly review and optimize code to maintain simplicity
  • TaskIdentify redundant and inefficient code for elimination
  • Key ResultConduct bi-weekly code reviews to identify and solve 30% of debt issues
  • TaskSchedule bi-weekly code review sessions
  • TaskIdentify issues contributing to code debt
  • TaskImplement solutions for 30% of identified issues

4OKRs to enhance Developer Quality

  • ObjectiveEnhance Developer Quality
  • Key ResultFoster collaboration by establishing cross-functional teams to deliver one successful project
  • TaskClearly define the roles and responsibilities of each team member to ensure clarity
  • TaskFacilitate regular communication and meetings among team members to encourage collaboration
  • TaskIdentify key individuals from different departments to form cross-functional teams
  • TaskProvide the necessary resources and support to enable teams to successfully deliver the project
  • Key ResultEnhance technical skills through monthly training sessions with at least 90% attendance
  • TaskMonitor and track attendance of each team member for training sessions
  • TaskProvide relevant and informative training materials for each session
  • TaskCommunicate the importance of attending training sessions to all team members
  • TaskEstablish a monthly schedule for training sessions
  • Key ResultIncrease code quality by implementing code review process and achieving an average rating of 4 out of 5
  • TaskEstablish a designated code review team to review and provide constructive feedback on code submissions
  • TaskImplement a systematic code review process and ensure all code changes undergo thorough review
  • TaskDefine clear coding guidelines and standards to be followed during the code review process
  • TaskRegularly measure and track the code review ratings, identifying areas of improvement and addressing them
  • Key ResultImprove efficiency by decreasing average bug fix time to less than 24 hours

5OKRs to increase code quality

  • ObjectiveDemonstrate incredible standards in code quality
  • Key Result100% of pull requests are reviewed by 2 developers
  • Key Result75% of the developers have gone through QA training
  • Key Result100% of repositories are using code linting and static code analysis
  • Key ResultReduce the percentage of QA-related broken builds by 60%

6OKRs to implement automation testing across development platform and code

  • ObjectiveImplement automation testing across development platform and code
  • Key ResultIdentify and list 100% of testable features within the existing code base
  • TaskReview entire code base to identify testable features
  • TaskCreate a comprehensive list of these features
  • TaskConfirm all identified features are indeed testable
  • Key ResultCreate and document comprehensive automated test scripts for 70% of identified features
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive automated test scripts
  • TaskIdentify key features requiring automated test scripts
  • TaskDocument tested features and script process
  • Key ResultAchieve a 95% success rate in detecting and reporting bugs through automation tests
  • TaskImplement automated testing tools to highlight software errors
  • TaskTrain team members on analyzing automated test results
  • TaskRegularly update and refine automated test scripts

7OKRs to enhance efficiency and productivity in development within the team

  • ObjectiveEnhance efficiency and productivity in development within the team
  • Key ResultImprove problem-solving capabilities by 40% in resolving coding issues
  • TaskSeek mentorship from senior coders for guidance
  • TaskPractice resolving issues with more complex code
  • TaskEnroll in advanced coding and problem-solving workshops
  • Key ResultDeliver four high-quality projects within agreed upon timelines and standards
  • TaskMaintain continual progress monitoring for quality assurance
  • TaskEstablish clear timelines and standards for each project
  • TaskImplement effective communication amongst project team members
  • Key ResultIncrease engagement and participation in weekly team development reviews by 100%
  • TaskSend reminder notifications prior to weekly development review meetings
  • TaskIncentivize active participation with rewards recognizing valuable input
  • TaskEnsure agenda topics are relevant and engaging for all team members

8OKRs to conduct regular penetration testing and code reviews

  • ObjectiveImprove security through regular penetration testing and code reviews
  • Key ResultEnsure all critical vulnerabilities found in penetration testing are remediated within 2 weeks
  • Key ResultConduct code reviews for all new features and major changes before deployment
  • Key ResultImplement at least 80% of code review recommendations within the next release cycle
  • Key ResultIncrease the frequency of penetration testing from once a quarter to twice a month

9OKRs to implement unit-testing in Mid-Office

  • ObjectiveImplement unit-testing in Mid-Office
  • Key ResultDevelop a comprehensive unit testing plan within 4 weeks
  • TaskSchedule and delegate testing tasks
  • TaskIdentify all functionalities for testing
  • TaskDraft a detailed unit testing procedure
  • Key ResultTrain the team on unit-testing best practices and tools by 6 weeks
  • TaskSchedule and conduct weekly team training sessions for 6 weeks
  • TaskDevelop a comprehensive training program on unit-testing practices
  • TaskIdentify appropriate unit-testing software and tools for training
  • Key ResultAchieve 80% code coverage with unit tests by the end of the quarter
  • TaskWrite effective tests for identified sections
  • TaskIdentify sections of code lacking unit tests
  • TaskRegularly run and adjust tests for improvement

Code Quality OKR best practices to boost success

Generally speaking, your objectives should be ambitious yet achievable, and your key results should be measurable and time-bound (using the SMART framework can be helpful). It is also recommended to list strategic initiatives under your key results, as it'll help you avoid the common mistake of listing projects in your KRs.

Here are a couple of best practices extracted from our OKR implementation guide 👇

Tip #1: Limit the number of key results

The #1 role of OKRs is to help you and your team focus on what really matters. Business-as-usual activities will still be happening, but you do not need to track your entire roadmap in the OKRs.

We recommend having 3-4 objectives, and 3-4 key results per objective. A platform like Tability can run audits on your data to help you identify the plans that have too many goals.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's audit dashboard will highlight opportunities to improve OKRs

Tip #2: Commit to weekly OKR check-ins

Don't fall into the set-and-forget trap. It is important to adopt a weekly check-in process to get the full value of your OKRs and make your strategy agile – otherwise this is nothing more than a reporting exercise.

Being able to see trends for your key results will also keep yourself honest.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's check-ins will save you hours and increase transparency

Tip #3: No more than 2 yellow statuses in a row

Yes, this is another tip for goal-tracking instead of goal-setting (but you'll get plenty of OKR examples above). But, once you have your goals defined, it will be your ability to keep the right sense of urgency that will make the difference.

As a rule of thumb, it's best to avoid having more than 2 yellow/at risk statuses in a row.

Make a call on the 3rd update. You should be either back on track, or off track. This sounds harsh but it's the best way to signal risks early enough to fix things.

How to turn your Code Quality OKRs in a strategy map

OKRs without regular progress updates are just KPIs. You'll need to update progress on your OKRs every week to get the full benefits from the framework. Reviewing progress periodically has several advantages:

  • It brings the goals back to the top of the mind
  • It will highlight poorly set OKRs
  • It will surface execution risks
  • It improves transparency and accountability

Most teams should start with a spreadsheet if they're using OKRs for the first time. Then, once you get comfortable you can graduate to a proper OKRs-tracking tool.

A strategy map in TabilityTability's Strategy Map makes it easy to see all your org's OKRs

If you're not yet set on a tool, you can check out the 5 best OKR tracking templates guide to find the best way to monitor progress during the quarter.

More Code Quality OKR templates

We have more templates to help you draft your team goals and OKRs.

OKRs resources

Here are a list of resources to help you adopt the Objectives and Key Results framework.

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